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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
Weekly Media Release: March 19 – March 23, 2018
Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
NOTE: These represent only a few of the many cases which the Office of Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney is handling. If you have any comments, or need further information concerning these or any other matters please do not hesitate to call. An indictment is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until or unless found guilty. The enclosed court actions are subject to change.
According to the Rules of Criminal Procedure (RCr 3.02, 3.05, and 8.01), the arraignment of individuals whose case has been submitted directly to the grand jury shall take place within a reasonable time after the return of an indictment. If you are interested in a case that has been submitted directly to the grand jury, then please contact the court division in which it has been assigned to obtain the time and date of the arraignment.
Michael Ray Despain – 14CR0501 (Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Trafficking in Marijuana while in Possession of a Firearm, Planting, Cultivating, or Harvesting Marijuana to Sell or Transfer while in Possession of a Firearm)
- Mr. Despain (DOB 03/12/62) was arrested on September 18, 2013 after detectives conducted a search warrant at his home. Detectives uncovered two loaded handguns along with nine marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia indicative of trafficking the marijuana. A Jury Trial began on March 13, 2018 in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court and on March 15, 2018 he was found guilty on all counts. The defendant was a Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Andrew Miller and Elizabeth Jessee are the prosecutors.
Lamontrez Jackson – 16CR2530 (Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)
- Mr. Jackson (DOB 05/15/92) is charged in relation to the September 12, 2016, Robbery of Mr. Anthony Harris in Harris’ home at 302 S. Clay Street, and the shooting death of his girlfriend Ms. Mariah Wilson. Ms. Wilson was shot by Anthony Harris in flight from the Robbery. Mr. Harris was separately convicted of Reckless Homicide and Mr. Jackson faces a Wanton Murder charge for his role. A jury heard testimony March 13 through 15, 2018 but became deadlocked during deliberations and a mistrial was ultimately declared. The case was passed for a status on April 17, 2018 in Division 12 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Elizabeth Jones Brown and Leah Spears are the prosecutors.
Travis Kniffley – 17CR3712 (Criminal Attempt Murder – Domestic Violence, Assault in the First Degree – Domestic Violence, and Fleeing or Evading Police in the First Degree)
- Mr. Kniffley (DOB: 3/14/88) is charged with the Assault and Attempted Murder of his former girlfriend. On December 4, 2017, a witness called 911 and advised that a male by the name of “Travis” was assaulting a white female. The witness told police that she heard something and looked outside to see the defendant stomping on the victim and dragging her up a flight of stairs. When Officer’s arrived on scene they found the victim in a bedroom naked and unresponsive. The victim was transported by EMS to the UofL Hospital where she was treated for her injuries. The victim sustained swelling to her face, broken bones and a brain bleed. The victim’s injuries required emergency surgery. The victim spent several weeks in the hospital due to her injuries and will require ongoing medical attention. Mr. Kniffley is set for a pretrial conference on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1:45 pm in Division 5 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Danielle Yannelli is the prosecutor.
Travon Curry and Thaddius Thomas – 18CR0059 (Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence [Thomas], Possession of a Handgun by a Minor)
- Mr. Curry (DOB 12/03/01) and Mr. Thomas (DOB 11/17/01) are charged with robbing and killing Jason Spencer on November 5, 2017 in the 1200 block of Everett Avenue. Both defendants were 15 years old at the time of the incident. A third co-defendant, who was also 15 years old, is still pending in juvenile court. A fourth co-defendant, who was 13 years old and the getaway driver of the stolen vehicle, will not be tried as an adult. Mr. Curry and Mr. Thomas were arraigned on January 22, 2018. A pretrial conference is scheduled for March 23, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Lantz and Jessica E. Kingsley are the prosecutors.
Andrew Lane – 17CR3582 (Assault in the First Degree – Domestic Violence, Criminal Abuse in the First Degree)
- Mr. Lane (DOB 08/06/88) is charged with the September 6, 2016, assault of an infant. The 4 month old infant suffered severe head trauma. The victim sustained a fractured skull and a brain bleed. Neurologists performed emergency surgery on the victim and had to remove a piece of the victim’s skull to reduce cranial pressure and allow for swelling. The victim sustained permeant damage to his brain which has and continues to cause developmental issues. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Danielle Yannelli is the prosecutor.
Jeroy E. Hayden – 17CR0040 (Criminal Attempt Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500)
- Mr. Hayden (DOB 02/07/89) is charged with the Assault of his former girlfriend. On November 15, 2015, the defendant assaulted her by punching her with a closed fist which led to a broken nose and loss of one of the victim’s front teeth. On December 23, 2015, the defendant strangled the victim and stabbed her multiple times inside her car. After the defendant fled, the victim managed to drive herself to University Hospital where she was treated for multiple stab wounds and strangulation. She was near death upon arrival. Mr. Hayden pled guilty to these charges and the Commonwealth has recommended a sentence of 18 years in prison. Final Sentencing is scheduled for March 21, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.
Raymone Neal, 17CR0735 (Robbery in the First Degree, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)
- Mr. Neal (DOB 10/14/76) is charged with the February 27, 2017 robbery of the Rodeway Inn at 571 Phillips Lane. The defendant passed a demand note and indicated he was armed with a handgun. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 8 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Lantz and Milja Zgonjanin are the prosecutors.
Charles Anthony Washington III – 13CR2250 (Murder [Capital], Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon)
- Mr. Washington (DOB 03/02/93) is charged with the August 12, 2013 Murder of P.J. Barber. The defendant unlawfully entered the victim’s residence and demanded drugs and money. When the victim attempted to flee, he was chased and shot multiple times. There were five other individuals inside the apartment at the time of the Murder, including the victim’s nine-day-old child. A Jury Trial is ongoing in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Frank Dahl and Ebert Haegele are the prosecutors.